Jul 01, 2020
Mets doubled down on risky draft strategy that could pay off
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For a second straight year, the Mets took a risky approach with the draft and lived to tell.
The next step will be receiving results on their gamble.
In outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong, right-handed pitcher JT Ginn and outfielder Isaiah Greene, in particular, the Mets bet on higher-end talent with negotiating leverage because of college eligibility, but all three signed contracts.The final piece was Ginn, a sophomore from Mississippi State who this week agreed to an over-slot signing bonus worth $2.9 million.
The Mets took a similar approach last year, allowing them to land Matt Allan, a top high school pitching talent who scared off many teams over concerns whether he would sign, in the third round.
“We go into it knowing that we better sign these guys,” general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Tuesday. “That is part of the draft, if you take players and can’t sign them, then we haven’t done our part because then those players don’t become part of our farm system.”Pete Crow-ArmstrongAP
Van Wagenen credited team adviser Omar Minaya, who has overseen the Mets’ domestic and international scouting, for helping restock the farm system following trades that included top prospects over the past 1 ½ years. Among them was the trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz that sent Jarred Kelenic to the Mariners.
“There are four things Omar has brought to his purpose in his oversight,” Van Wagenen said. “He wanted to focus on high-impact players, premium position players, premium athletes and versatile talent. All four of those things can make a real difference at the big-league level and can further championship goals that we have.”
In Minaya’s last draft as Mets general manager in 2010, the team selected Matt Harvey in the first round and Jacob deGrom in the ninth. The Mets bolstered their draft talent during GM Sandy Alderson’s regime, with Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil among the successes.
“I think we’re in a position where you look at our team, we’re kind of a homegrown team with the Pete Alonsos of the world, the deGroms, [Amed] Rosarios, the McNeils,” Minaya said. “That is the goal. From Day 1 back when I came back to the Mets it was with the idea I was going to be involved in scouting and development because that is my passion.”
Without a minor league season, the challenge is developing players at every level. For the Mets, the process has included Zoom chats and sharing data about individual workouts.
“We have kept the entirety of our player development staff working, communicating and making sure we are building individual plans so that these players are making strides as opposed to reaching stalemates,” Van Wagenen said.
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Oklahoma State AD: Mike Gundy voluntarily took a pay cut and players should be commended for speaking up
Before the holiday weekend, Facebook decided to go loud with an alert: wear a mask. You Could Pay This Surprising New Way at Restaurants Soon Oklahoma State AD: Mike Gundy voluntarily took a pay cut and players should be commended for speaking up
Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder told reporters Friday that he thinks the school’s football players should be commended for speaking up about coach Mike Gundy.23 Cool Products That Could Sell Out In 2020 LEARN MORE Ad Gadgets Post
OSU announced Thursday night that it had concluded an internal review of Gundy’s conduct. While the school admitted that Gundy needed to make some strides in building relationships with his players, it said that it didn’t believe any of Gundy’s actions were rooted in racism.
Players — including star running back Chuba Hubbard — spoke out about the program’s culture after a photograph of Gundy wearing a shirt promoting a far-right conspiracy theory-mongering cable news network surfaced on social media.
“I think the players should be commended for having the courage to speak out,” Holder said. “We need more of that in society, not less. That doesn’t mean the players are in control. There’s a reason that the adults are in the leadership positions. There’s a quote that I really love, if youth lou if age could. And that’s really what’s coaching’s all about. Me at 71 years of age, obviously I don’t have the physical skills to do what I could at 18 or 20. But hopefully I’ve learned some things along my life journey that make me a lot smarter than I was at 18 or 20 years old. So I think coaching is a two-way street, it has to be communication between the coach and the player. And when that line of communication is there it allows a relationship to be built.”
A former Oklahoma State QB, Gundy has been Oklahoma State’s coach for the past 15 seasons. As his current and former players called him out on social media, a former opponent of Gundy’s reiterated his accusation that the OSU coach called him the N-word during a game in 1989. At the time, Gundy immediately denied the accusation in a postgame story.© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Mike Gundy will make less money going forward. (Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Gundy takes pay cut
Gundy was one of the highest-paid coaches in college football in 2019. Gundy was the 13th-highest paid coach in the country last season with a salary of over $5.1 million.
Holder said that Gundy offered to take $1 million less per season going forward and his contract was also amended. Instead of a perpetual five-year deal that added on a season at the conclusion of every season, Gundy is now on a standard four-year deal. His buyout for a firing without cause is also now at 50 percent of what remains on his contract instead of 75 percent.
Gundy’s pay cut comes after Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel noted in his story about the Oklahoma State culture in June that Gundy said he didn’t want to get involved in pay cuts earlier this year.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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